Weekly Writing Challenge: Blame it on NBC

The photograph for this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge, 1,000 Words, Take Two conjured up the following dialogue in my mind. Him:    I’m going to miss you so much. It seems like only yesterday you got here completely unexpected and unannounced and gave me the best week I’ve had in I don’t know how long. Now I feel like I’mContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Blame it on NBC”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Hope I’m not paid by the word

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: the Devil is in the Details gives me an opportunity to defend my tight writing style. So let me come at the theme  from a different angle. It’s a matter of degrees, in fact about 180°. I’m not a big fan of lengthy, flowery, detail-laden writing; I’m economical with words –Continue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Hope I’m not paid by the word”

Weekly Writing Challenge: John Lennon’s (Just Like) Starting Over

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge topic is “Starting Over”. The term “Starting Over” always brings to my mind the song by John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over.  It was released as a single on 24 October 1980 and reached number one in both the USA and UK two weeks after he was murdered. Many people have pointedContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: John Lennon’s (Just Like) Starting Over”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Google Maps for the homebody and a Big Bang Theory explanation

For this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge the topic is Map it Out. When we think of Google Maps or Google Earth it often invokes images of exotic places or foreign countries. But as a proud homebody the Google Earth application provides a pretty picture of my residences since birth. As the map below illustrates, I’ve not strayedContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Google Maps for the homebody and a Big Bang Theory explanation”

Kate and Wills’ Tweets help out with Weekly Writing Challenge

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge posed the following: We’re challenging you to explore how different narrative modes affect your writing.  As someone who writes almost entirely in the first person, and rarely writes fiction, I thought I’d take a shot at weaving two sets of first person narratives  into a modern day epistolary – thus below aContinue reading “Kate and Wills’ Tweets help out with Weekly Writing Challenge”

Weekly Writing Challenge: With political cartoons less is more; Marshall McLuhan and Twitter

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge posed the question: Are animated GIFs the stuff of junior high-school hijinks or, are they the political cartoons of the new millennium? What do you think? The simple answer is: they could be. For me the key to a great editorial cartoon is simplicity; if the reader has to siftContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: With political cartoons less is more; Marshall McLuhan and Twitter”

Weekly Writing Challenge; A picture is worth 1,000 words (or 973 words Canadian)

Regarding this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge, I agree that a picture is worth a thousand words, that’s one thousand US words of course. Based on today’s exchange rate that comes to 973 Canadian words here in Montreal. The gentleman in the picture looks like he wants to be there about as much as he wantsContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge; A picture is worth 1,000 words (or 973 words Canadian)”

Montreal’s foliage fades to grey, but an exhibit of Impressionism ensures not all color is lost

In the description of this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash of Color reference is made to the stunning colors of the foliage here in north-eastern North America. In Montreal, perhaps due to our being a little farther north those vibrant reds and yellows have pretty much reached their peak and are quickly fading toContinue reading “Montreal’s foliage fades to grey, but an exhibit of Impressionism ensures not all color is lost”